January 2, 2014 Subject:
i appreciaite you sharing
February 24, 2012 Subject:
Truly amazing for just 5 months earlier Jerry was in a coma struggling for his life. You'd never know it from this show, Jerry's playing is strong, melodic and inventive and though his voice is creakier than it was in '83, his singing is much stronger than it had been for most of this troubled year. Jerry's recovery energized the whole band and play like they mean it. After some of the dreadful shows they performed earlier in the year when Jerry was ill, this show is a very welcome return to form and important both historically and musically. The Dead were renewed.
As for this particular soundboard recording there are some oddities regarding the mix, especially at the beginning but the problems were fixed quickly and in general the mix and sound are good, though I could have used more of Bob's guitar. Minor complaint that, after all this is a bootleg and is not meant nor expected to be just exactly perfect. Worth a listen for sure!
December 16, 2010 Subject:
I was there
Amazing show, from start to finish. Although I find it interesting to hear the audience tape, this soundboard is the real deal. It is heart warming to hear the audience go crazy for Touch of Grey, for fans of good sound and good Dead music, don't overlook this soundboard gem.
I could use without Bobby's grating screams at the end of Looks Like Rain, which are as dissonant as later Coltrane. The rest of the show is stellar.
For me, the highlight, and a great way to introduce newbies to the Dead music scene, what the Dead are capable of on a good night, is to listen to the jam out of Playin' In The Band, the last 6 minutes or so from track are spectacular. Note the fluidity of all the players. Phil's smooth bass jazz jams, meshing so perfectly with Bill and Mickey's accompaniment, while Jerry and Bobby, mostly Jerry trading licks, as Brent creates atmospherics.
The light show during this period was particularly sweet, opening up light flowers of blooming energy over the band, as they took their noodling to new heights of musical freedom, as the Dead twirlers and dancers danced to their hearts content.
Not to be missed. I miss them so much.
January 30, 2009 Subject:
This is as good as a studio recording
THANKYOU for such a great recording. Audience recordings are great like the Oades, but its just so nice to be able to hear a great board of the same shows
October 5, 2008 Subject:
Thanks for sharing the sbd of such an important show. This is an historic piece of the Grateful Dead archive ... Jerry's first show after the coma.
The audience versions are important to capture the emotion from fans; this version is important for heads to hear a much cleaner version of how it went down on stage ... and, aside from Bobby goofin' up the Truckin' lyrics at the beginning (lolol, I think he was simply caught up in the emotion of the day) it's a strong show.